Behind the Biltmore Estate: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Largest Home


Think you already know everything there is to learn about Biltmore? Read on to learn some fascinating facts about the iconic North Carolina estate.

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Biltmore Estate

1. Asheville can thank France for the design of its popular tourist attraction. When George Vanderbilt began building his dream home in Asheville in 1889, he envisioned a French Renaissance chateau that intertwined architectural features of 16th-century castles he had seen in the Loire Valley of France.

“George Vanderbilt was an avid traveler. During his lifetime, he crossed the Atlantic 60 times in his lifetime, says Darren Poupore, chief curator of the Biltmore Estate. “When plans [for the house] were being discussed, he went to Europe with his architect to gain inspiration. The result was Biltmore – an American expression of those grand European estates that is truly an American design.”

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  1. Richard Stevens

    May 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    These are really great images of the Biltmore. Where did they come from?

    • David

      June 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

      the biltmore

    • Jessica Mozo

      August 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      They are from the talented photography team at Journal Communications Inc. in Franklin, Tenn.

    • Kamiya

      January 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      This is great for my project thank you

  2. Keyton

    February 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This place is…just…Awesome

  3. Keyton

    February 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    this place is big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. LeAire Ballenger

    October 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    i love this house so much.

    • tyshaun

      May 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

      yes it is because I live there

  5. LeAire Ballenger

    October 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    hi every one

  6. LeAire Ballenger

    October 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    i love this house so much that i would marry it.

  7. Rylee

    November 26, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Biltmore house is huge and very pretty

  8. Thomas k. Nix

    January 7, 2016 at 6:09 am

    A must see ! If you only go once, its worth the price ! Theres nothing else in this country like this place. Its as close to a castle as youll find in the usa. Ive been there many times.

  9. Jeff

    August 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Its awe inspiring grandure.

  10. Alice

    October 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

    It’s a big house

  11. Carl Elston

    November 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Please name the 3 French homes used to design the Biltmore house.

  12. Donald Trump

    December 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

    this is good information! used it in my school project!

  13. Donald Trump

    December 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

    this is good information! used it in my school project!

  14. Marlane

    January 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I have been there only once! It’s amazing! I want to visit at Christmas!!!!

  15. Winifred Loving

    January 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Christmas at the Biltmore was a dream come true for 3 generations of my family in 2016.

  16. Sandy

    January 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

    WHile on vacation My Husband thought it was crazy to go 300 miles out of the way to see a house. He loved it even more than I . We were both in awe. I tell everyone I know if you ever get close to this go.

  17. Ronald Pierson

    February 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I would like to know who is The richest Family back in 17 hundreds. was it the Vanderbilts or The Beltmore Homes or Estates. The Biggest and Grandest.

  18. crystal lopez

    February 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I would like to know the date they started to build the Baltimore gardens

  19. jose

    March 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    this place is awesome

  20. JOHN

    March 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Just visited the Biltmore estate it was an awesome visit for anyone who loves history. George was a ‘bad boy” he enjoyed life. Now I know why Anderson Cooper is not scared to say what he wants (all in fun). I had a ball. The garden the winery…WOW!

  21. Stephen Hall

    March 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I beleive that you should be able to buy a discounted ticket for the gardens only. Having arrived from the UK on the coldest day of the year, a walk around the house took perhaps 2-3 hours however the windchill today prevented me my wife and her family from walking around the gardens. I would like to return however my understanding is that the house tour would be the same so I would like to return just to walk the garden area but the overall cost which would include the house making it cost prohibitive to return. If i could buy tickets just for the outside areas I would return kind regards stephen


    March 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    That place suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike.

      April 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Let me guess….. ‘too expensive for you’. Or….’all that money spent on one house’. Typical. If you don’t like it, don’t go back.

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